Eileen R. Tabios is a poet working in multiple genres and in-between. She also loves books by writing, reading, publishing, critiquing, romancing and advocating for them. This blog will feature her bibliophilic activities with posts on current book engagements and links to her books and projects related to books.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

THE GILDED AGE OF KICKSTARTERS ... AND MORE


Grateful for this review of The Gilded Age of Kickstarters by Neal Leadbeater in the new Otoliths.  You can see it HERE, but here's an excerpt:
The Gilded Age of Kickstarters is a collection of 12 poems inspired by Kickstarter—an American public-benefit corporation based in New York that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creative projects such as films, music, journalism, video games, technology and food-related subjects. Eileen R. Tabios chose projects at random from Kickstarter and wrote poems inspired by their pages. 
The title hints at what is to come. The gilded age is a direct reference to Mark Twain’s novel of the same name which satirized an era of serious social issues that were masked by a thin veneer of gold gilding—a period that was, beneath the surface glitter, seething with corruption. The phrase also carries with it a suggestion of an age of glamour and superficial attraction. An obscure meaning of “to gild something” means “to supply with gold or money.” It also carries the connotation of glossing over something, of giving it a specious appearance. 
... These poems offer thoughtful insights and commentaries on the world in which we live. 

I share that excerpt because it seems ... odd ... to read that in light of the times...

Saturday, April 29, 2017

HIRAETH POEMS IN NEW OTOLITHS!

Four months into 2017: 3 books (publishers in 3 different countries), two mini-books, a “pamphlet,” and a gazillion chapbooks courtesy of Locofo.That may be enough for me. Entonces, I pushed back a book from being released this year to a 2018 release. That would be HIRAETH: Tercets From The Last Archipelago.  But here’s two poems from it in the just-released Otoliths helmed by the brilliant Mark Young--you can see "English's Wandering Authenticity" and "Kohl's Stories" at



I’m in fine company this issue with Karl Kempton, Thomas Fink, Maya D. Mason, John Xero, John M. Bennett, D.J. Huppatz, Daniel de Culla, Seth Copeland, Texas Fontanella, Jim Leftwich, Robert Lee Brewer, Jim Hanson, Olivier Schopfer, William Repass, Steve Dalachinsky, Kyle Hemmings, Craig Cotter, Jon Cone, Dah Helmer, Michael Farrell, Peycho Kanev, Richard J. Fleming, Cecelia Chapman, Jeff Crouch, Jack Galmitz, Philip Byron Oakes, J.J. Campbell, Sanjeev Sethi, Tom Montag, Darren C. Demaree, Hart Broudy, Neil Leadbeater, Volodymyr Bilyk, Stephen C. Middleton, Aidan Semmens, Karen Greenbaum-Maya, Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Bill Wolak, Pete Spence, Clara B. Jones, Andrew Topel, Andrew Taylor & David Spittle, Marietta McGregor, Faleeha Hassan, Diane Keys, Jesse Glass, Kenneth Rexroth, Katrinka Moore, Daniel Y. Harris, osvaldo cibils, Thomas M. Cassidy, Eileen R. Tabios, David Lohrey, Edward Kulemin, Jared Chipkin, Lakey Comess, Baron Geraldo, Shataw Naseri, Logan K. Young, AG Davis, hiromi suzuki, Hugh Tribbey, Anne-Marie Jeanjean, Caleb Puckett, Drew B. David, Jeff Bagato, Márton Koppány, Louise Landes Levi, Jill Chan, Alain Robinet, Raymond Farr, Dennis Andrew Aguinaldo, Willie Smith, Joe Balaz, M A McDonald, Jim McCrary, Sian Vate, Heath Brougher, Owen Bullock, differx, Lynn Strongin, Marcello Diotallevi, Robbie Coburn, Carol Stetser, Chris Brown, Richard James Allen, Grzegorz Wróblewski, Jeff Harrison, David Harrison Horton, Sjoerd van der Weide, Joel Chace, Indigo Perry, Simon Perchik, Richard Kostelanetz, David Baptiste Chirot, Timothy Pilgrim, Nicole Pottier, Natsuko Hirata, Massimo Stirneri, Rebecca Eddy, Josh Smith, major stafford sternwall, John Pursch, Sheikha A., Mercedes Webb-Pullman, Jared Pearce, Keith Nunes, Jake Goetz, Allen Forrest, sean burn, Richard Skelton, Tom Beckett, Shloka Shankar, Seth Howard, Tony Beyer, Sam Langer, Bob Heman, Cherie Hunter Day, Aurélien Leif,  Catherine Fletcher, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Pragya Vashishtha, Paul Pfleuger, Jr., Pam Brown, & Marilyn Stablein.

Friday, April 28, 2017

GALATEA RESURRECTS--THE APRIL EDITION


It looks like my switch from two issues a year to posting (almost) as soon as reviews are received is working out well.  Do go HERE to see Galatea's latest installment, though I'll cutnpaste below the April Table of Contents for convenience.


Click on title-links to be directed to the review or article

APRIL
daughterrarium by Sheila McMullin
Reviewed by Katie Hibner (4/28)

DONALD TRUMP IN  NORTH KOREA by Jared Schickling
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/27)

We Denizens by Jen Coleman
Engaged by Sam Lohmann (4/26)

Harpoon by Michael Cavendish
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/25)

Claiming Breath by Diane Glancy

Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/24)

THE CRITIC WRITES POEMS: Naomi Buck Palagi
(4/23)

If They Hadn't Worn White Hoods, 8 Million Would Have Shown Up in the Photographs by John Bloomberg-Rissman and Eileen R. Tabios
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/22)

Introduction by Michael Boughn and Kent Johnson to RESIST MUCH / OBEY LITTLE: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance edited by Michael Boughn, John Bradley, Brenda Cárdenas, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Kass Fleisher, Roberto Harrison, Kent Johnson, Andrew Levy, Nathaniel Mackey, Rubén Medina, Philip Metres, Nita Noveno, Julie Patton, Margaret Randall, Michael Rothenberg, Chris Stroffolino,
 Anne Waldman, Marjorie Welish, Tyrone Williams
(4/21)

Egghead, or: You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham, with drawings by Chance Bone
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/20)

On Poems On by Sandra Liu
Reviewed by Genevieve Kaplan (4/19)

Madison Hatta's Book of Unrelenting Rhymes, or: Madisonnets, Volume 2 by April Lynn James
Reviewed by M. Earl Smith (4/18)

FEATURED POET: Aileen Cassinetto
(4/17)

A Continuum of Force by Francesco Levato
      and
How to Zing the Government by Travis Macdonald
Reviewed by Andrew Rihn (4/12)

Port Light by William Allegrezza
Reviewed by Sheri Reda (4/10)

Stone by Naomi Buck Palagi
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/9)

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: An Election Cycle by Andrew and Donora A. Rihn
Reviewed by Steve Klepetar (4/8)

HISTORY NOW by Basil King
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/7)

Stubborn by Sheri Reda
Reviewed by Naomi Buck Palagi (4/6) 

If We Were Birds by Janine Harrison
     and
Reviewed by Steve Klepetar (4/5)

POROUS BORDERS and FOUR PLUS FOUR by David Giannini
and
RICKSHAW CHASM with poems by David Giannini and collages by John Digby
Engaged by Eileen Tabios (4/3)

To Be An Empire is To Burn! by Eileen R. Tabios
     and
     and
The Prometheus Collage by Mary Kasimor
Reviewed by Freke Räihä (4/2)



I GET POETRY! SO I BUY POETRY! IT'S JUSTICE!


But before I share my recent purchases, perhaps you'll consider purchasing one of mine for a good cause: a poetry fundraiser for Youth Justice Coalition, an L.A.-based nonprofit working against the criminalization of youth of color. Click HERE for the fundraiser and if you scroll down you'll see reference to my book AMNESIA: Somebody's Memoir. I believe there's only one copy left of the ones I donated--if you buy this through the fundraiser, I'm happy to toss in another book or two when the book is sent to you!

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(Some of the books purchased during the New Orleans Poetry Festival)

Here’s an update on moi Recently Bought Poetry List of books by poets or about poets/poetry.

SUCCUBUS IN MY POCKET by kari edwards

GHAZALS 1-59 AND OTHER POEMS by Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

STATE OF EXILE, poems by Cristina Peri Rossi, trans. by Marilyn Buck

ELSA by Veronica Wong

ATOMS OF MUSES by Timothy Dyke

TENDER GIRL by Lisa Samuels

BY DIAMOND HEAD by Hank Lazer

VIRGINIA OR THE MUD-FLAP GIRL by Elizabeth Treadwell

PLAYING THE FORM by James Maughn

PROPOSED ADDITIONS by Donovan Kuhio Colleps

SISTA TONGUE by Lisa Linn Kanae

MANHATER by Danielle Pafunda

ENTANGLED BANK by James Sherry

THE EXPERIMENTS [A LEGEND IN PICTURES & WORDS] by Rachel May

LEAVES OF CLASS by Kit Robinson

WHERE’S MY RITSPIK by Lynn Young

LIVING PIDGIN: CONTEMPLATIONS ON PIDGIN CULTURE by Lee A. Tonouchi

OVER HEAR: SIX TYPES OF POETRY EXPERIMENT IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND by Lisa Samuels

DISTANT ROAD: SELECTED POEMS OF NGUYEN Duy, Trans. by Kevin Bowen and Nguyen Ba Chung

SAND OPERA by Philip Metres

CLAIMING BREATH by Diance Glancy

PENCIL LETTER by Irina Ratushinskaya

THE HATRED OF POETRY by Ben Lerner

FIELD GUIDE TO AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Melissa Eleftherion

SELF-PORTRAIT IN A CONVEXT MIRROR / HOUSEBOAT DAYS by John Ashbery

RESIST MUCH OBEY LITTLE edited by Michael Boughn Et Al.

THE PROMETHEUS COLLAGE by Mary Kasimor

TWENTY MOMENTS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD by John Goodman

WINTER ON WALL STREET by Eileen R. Tabios

WHAT SHIVERING MONKS COMPREHEND by The MDR Poetry Generator

COMPREHENDING MORTALITY by John Bloomberg-Rissman and Eileen R. Tabios

IMMIGRANT: Hay(na)ku & Other Poems In A New Land by Eileen R. Tabios

MENOPAUSAL HAY(NA)KU FOR P-GRUBBERS edited by Eileen R. Tabios


(Books purchased from a recent discovery, Half-Price Books in Berkeley, CA)


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LOOKING BACK AT "MURDER, DEATH AND RESURRECTION"

For the past three years and until recently, my primary project was "Murder, Death and Resurrection” (MDR) which generated nine books/chapbooks and other poems and (exhibited) visual poetry. I have a conversation about it with Thomas Fink at Dichtung Yammer. But here’s an excerpt:
"Having said that, there is an artifice, if not artificiality, in my articulating the project to be one of murder, death and resurrection—these are weighty terms. Part of their weight, for me, is that I was raised a Christian and of course murder, death and resurrection are exactly what happened to Jesus Christ. The reference is weighty, the reference is solemn, the reference is fraught for me and (or because) the reference is deliberately blasphemous. But what was happening here was a deliberately and aggressively radical exhortation at myself to get my act together as regards the future of my poetry. I had felt stalled, and stalled deep. So I had to find a radical solution: murder.”
You can see entire conversation HERE.  Here are images for some of the publications generated by MDR:









The MDR also provided the title poem and theme to my first bilingual edition (English & Romanian), I FORGOT ARS POETICA:




You can see information about all the MDR projects HERE. It'd been "a glorious ride ..."! Thank you, Universe.


Monday, April 24, 2017

BOOKS TO BENEFIT YOUTH JUSTICE!!


I am so pleased to have my book AMNESIA: SOMEBODY’S MEMOIR be part of the second round of the Brew and Forge Book Fair! 100 authors donated signed copies of their books to benefit the Youth Justice Coalition, an LA organization fighting against the criminalization of youth of color. The Book Fair is open between now and May 7th! Gratitude to organizers Franny Choi, Tamiko Beyer, Lo Kwa Mei-en and Kenji Liu! Click on  https://squareup.com/store/brewandforge to see all the wonderful offerings!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

I BURNT A BOOK!

nearly singeing off all of my hair!

What I do for art. And I did this for KQED's feature "First 100 Days: Art in the Age of Trump" which you can see HERE viz article entitled "Does it Matter if Trump Doesn't Read Your Protest Poetry?" by Jonathan Curiel.


This "performance art" warranted a rare Selfie, about which I noted on FB:
Next time I'll just walk on a thread between the penthouse suites of two skyscrapers ten miles apart. That'd be easier than it was to burn the chap! ... nearly singed of all of my hair when I finally figured out not to use a match (burn my hand before it'd light up a page) and never mind the candle (I did bring it out, Dan Waber, in good intentions) and finally opted for the most dangerous option: the stove fire. Don't panic, I made sure to wet the nearby sink so I could safely toss it there in case something went askew. And now the dog walker/photographer wants combat pay! (Performance art? I have new respect for those who allow scissors near their naked flesh.)